*Whoopi Goldberg and Kathy Bates have joined Kate Hudson and Gael Garcia Bernal in the cast of the Film Department’s “Earthbound.”

The Film Department is fully financing the picture, which began production Jan. 18 in New Orleans, reports Variety. Rosemarie DeWitt, Lucy Punch, Romany Malco, Steven Weber and Treat Williams are also in the film.

The story centers on an irreverent young woman who unexpectedly falls in love with her doctor.

Bates most recently starred in “The Blind Side.” Goldberg is next featured in “Toy Story 3.”